International Student Exchange
International Student Exchange
Are you interested in teaching your children about other cultures? If so, your family might be the perfect fit fot he Secondary School Exchange Visitor Program.
International Student Exchange (ISE), a globally recognized not-for-profit organization, is looking for volunteer families interested in hosting an exchange student in the upcoming school year. Hosting opportunities are available for five, ten and twelve month terms, and families may choose the student they wish to host.
ISE students are fully insured, have their own spending money, and are eager to learn about U.S. culture and eduction. Students come to the U.S. to study, expand their global understanding, and represent their home country as diplomats. All we ask of our host families is they offer our students a safe and comfortable place to live and treat them like part of the family.
If you are interested in offering a student the chance to be a part of your family, please do not hesitate to contact our local Regional Manager, Lisa Denison at 1-800-573-8514, by e-mail at email@example.com or go to www.evergreen.iseusa.org to apply or get more information.
2014-15 Summer School
To view the 2014-15 Summer School brocheure, click here.
NY Teen Safe Driving
Albany, NY – Teens across New York will soon be celebrating the end of the school year. But the New York Teen Safe Driving Coalition warns parents not to stop monitoring their teens’ driving habits. Memorial Day marks the start of the 100 deadliest days on the roads for teens. From Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2012, 37 people were killed in New York in crashes involving teen drivers, according to National Safety Council estimates based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 1,000 people nationwide were killed in teen-related crashes during the same period. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.
“When it comes to safety, parents can’t take the summer off,” said Susan Pedo, leader of the New York Teen Safe Driving Coalition, an initiative of the National Safety Council and The Allstate Foundation. “Too many of these crashes happen during months that should fun and can be a more relaxed time for teens to practice their driving skills with an experienced adult. Making sure teens drive safely – avoiding distractions such as extra passengers and cell phones – will help ensure a safe summer.”
Research from The Allstate Foundation shows parents are the No. 1 influence on their teens’ driving habits. Parents can help reduce their teens’ crash risk by understanding how to be effective driving coaches. Here are a few tips for parents:
• Drive at least 30 minutes each week with a newly licensed teen
• Practice specific skills together and provide teens with feedback in the following critical areas:
o Scanning the road ahead to recognize and respond to hazards
o Controlling speed, stopping, turning and following distance
o Managing the highest risks, such as night driving and with young passengers
• Sign up to receive weekly practice tips and suggestions available via e-mail through DriveitHOME.org, and discuss and sign a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement – available in English and Spanish.
Parents are urged to review New York’s Graduated Driver Licensing laws at http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/laws/graduatedlicensestatelaws?stateabbr=NY or http://dmv.ny.gov/younger-driver/general-information-about-gdl. These laws strive to reduce the significant risks of crashes for teens. However, state laws provide minimum guidelines and families can and should do more to keep teens safe. Establishing household driving rules – and consequences for breaking them – with a parent-teen driving agreement is best. Parents can find additional resources and materials at DriveitHOME.org – an online resource developed by the National Safety Council to help parents keep their teen drivers safe.
Parents also can get involved with the NY Teen Safe Driving Coalition, which NSC and The Allstate Foundation founded in 2010. Visit www.nsc.org/nyteensafedriving for more information.
Enrichment Opportunity: SLUSEP
SLUSEP is an execellent enrichment opportunity that MCS students can take advantage of. Click here for more information. Students may register in the Guidance Office until
June Regents Schedule
The Massena High School Robotics team recently held their 4th Annual McFun Night fundraiser at the McDonald’s Main Street Restaurant in Massena where they raised over $450. Each year team members give a few hours of an evening volunteering at McDonald’s, and in return, McDonald’s gives a percentage of all their sales for the evening back to the team. It’s a great partnership for both the team, and for McDonald’s.
The team is part of FIRST Robotics Team 229 and will be competing at the NY Tech Valley Regional in Troy, NY and in the Chesapeake Regional in College Park, MD in the spring. Last year the team won the Granite State Regional, won the Motorola Quality Award at the Boston Regional, and traveled to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO where they competed alongside 400 other high school teams from all over the world.
The mission of FIRST Robotics is to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all. Students participating in FIRST Robotics are significantly more likely to attend college, major in science or engineering, and be outstanding future employees and citizens. FIRST is about changing our culture… for the better.
COMMENDED STUDENTS IN THE 2014 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Patrick Farrand, principal of Massena High School, announced today Samuel Gerber has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success, “commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”